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Old 10-24-2012, 10:42 AM   #1 
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Aeration wand in 10gal planted tank?

So I just recently put in an 8-inch bendable aeration wand (it was literally the smallest one I could find on Amazon Prime) into my 10gal planted tank because I thought my 4 juvenile Corys would need it. However I've noticed Cinder (my DT Betta) struggling more to swim since the water is being moved around more than it was before. Should I take out the wand or leave it in? I feel that the plants I have in there can create enough oxygen for them to survive but I also don't want the catfish to suffocate. The Corys are about an inch long right now (I plan on moving them to a 30 or 40 gallon later when I get the resources). In my tank I have:

-Small amount of Java Moss
-Some Java Fern
-Crypt Wendtii
-2 bunches of Hornwort
-1 Anubias Frazeri

...I believe thats it. I'm willing to experiment but are their any easy signs I can look for for Oxygen deprivation?
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:53 PM   #2 
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You can buy a valve that will turn down the air pressure and make the bubbles come out slower, that will help a lot.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:33 PM   #3 
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Corydoras can also get oxygen from the surface somewhat like a Betta in low dissolved oxygen water, however, it is swallowed and absorbed via the GI tract since they don't have a labyrinth organ like a Betta.

The bubble wand doesn't put oxygen into the water per se. As the bubbles hit the surface of the water it cause a gas exchange. Oxygen in and CO2 out and too much agitation at the surface can drive too much CO2 out that the plants need. And as you already know-the plants also produce oxygen as a byproduct to assist.

Since it is causing problems for your Betta-I would either remove it or use valve as Gizmothefreaky suggested.

How are the corydoras acting, have you seen them go to the top and gulp at the surface on occasion-if so, that is normal.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:21 PM   #4 
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I have seen the corys do that before I put the wand in and the wand did come with a valve but I thought it was just so water doesn't get into the air pump if it malfunctions. I'll have to look into it more when I get home.
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